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Sump Explorers

Great Gonerby residents may have noticed bears, tigers and wolves roaming around Great Gonerby in the last few weeks. These weren’t just any old bears, tigers and wolves, these were very special explorers, who had walked all the way down from the local primary school with their teachers and helpers to discover some of the tiny, but amazing, creatures that live in the Persimmon Sump. 

All of the classes were welcomed by Gail Talton, the Lincolnshire Rivers Project Officer and they were able to actually get into the shallow stream (a tributary of the River Witham) in their wellies to do some kick sampling.  They found a number of different creatures including freshwater shrimp, ramshorn snails, mayfly nymphs and even a frog. 

The children had the opportunity to reinforce previous classroom learning about habitats, using keys to identify the creatures and to find out a little about how they are adapted to survive in the water.  The children also talked about how important water is in their everyday lives and about pollution and the importance of keeping the river clear of litter.   

Thanks go to all of the helpers who joined the teachers to make the visits possible and to Lions Grasscare for clearing the area to enable us to access the stream, as well as the nearby residents for their kind offers of help and their interest in the project. We are already looking forward to next year’s exploration. 

If you are interested in learning more about your local watercourse with your class or group and would like to find out more about our FREE education sessions, please email gail.talton@lincsrivers.org.uk 


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